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748 Air Services on May 20, announced a new flight service to the Lake Side City of Kisumu, Kenya and will operate daily connecting from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The airline hopes to step up competition for the route that is also served by carriers such Kenya Airways, Safarilink, Fly 540 and Jambojet. “Kisumu is very important in our expansion plan and 748 Air will provide customers with great value option when we officially open the route,” said 748 Air Services Managing Director, Moses Mwangi. The introduction of Nairobi-Kisumu route is also part of the airline’s network expansion plan to allow it play a significant role in supporting growth of domestic tourism market and boosting the economy’s recovery efforts. The airline also operates flights to Maasai Mara. 748 Air Services Chairman, Ahmed Jibril noted that the new route will play an important role in facilitating more business and tourism opportunities as…

The COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally changed the game for airlines, putting pressure on well established business models and causing operators to rethink how they run their businesses. One of the ways long-haul operators are planning to respond is fleet downsizing, which will enable them to both reduce operating costs per seat while maintaining an appropriate level of flight frequency. It also meets evolving passenger demands, as point-to-point continues to become the new normal. Downsizing is far from a new trend, or intrinsically associated with the pandemic. Instead, operators have been adjusting their fleets and moving towards smaller long-haul aircraft for some years now. As operators make some of their most challenging financial and operational decisions, there will be much to consider. Making the right choices will open the door to greater financial efficiency, fleet flexibility and business agility by becoming better able to open new routes and meet changing demand as it happens.…

The Kenyan government has suspended flights to and from Somalia for 90 days as mistrust between the two countries continues to boil. The ban comes into effect barely a week after Somalia restored its diplomatic ties with Kenya following mediation from Qatar. The Kenyan government through its Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) indicating the flight suspension with the exemption of humanitarian missions and medical evacuation flights as well as military flights which are not within the jurisdiction of the KCAA. “We’ve put three months as we wait for further instructions, It may be extended or not.” Kenya Civil Aviation Authority Director- General Gilbert Kibe The Background While the Kenyan authorities have not been publicly clear about the reason for the ban, the announcement has come after Somalia’s aviation agency on Monday intercepted two Kenyan flights carrying khat (Miraa) – a mild narcotic stimulant which farmers…

Air Senegal’s 16 hour flight between Dakar and Beijing is gathering attention in the aviation world as the world’s longest A330neo commercial service to be operated. The airline on Friday executed the 7641 miles Flight from Beijing to Dakar which was transporting Chinese-donated vaccines from Beijing’s Sinopharm laboratory Typically air Senegal does operate scheduled flights to Beijing but it’s interesting to know how Air Senegal decided to use its A330-900neo for this service to transport vaccines over the long distance as air cargo demand has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic..  The flight also shows the technical prowess of the A330-900neo aircraft and its position as a solution that allowed cargo operations with the “belly-freight” (the cargo passenger planes traditionally carry below the passenger deck) air cargo capacity. At the reception ceremony on May 14, 2021 after the aircraft landed at 2:40 p.m., the general manager of Air Senegal highlighted this act taken by a company that wishes to be a Senegalese pride. Ibrahima Kane explained that with this direct flight: “The vaccines will still keep two days of freshness which will allow the technicians of…

Weeks after exiting a Business Rescue process that has caused South Africa’s legacy carrier over 17 months of uncertainty, South African Airways (SAA) has their fingers crossed for resumption of travel as early as July or August according to the airline’s CEO. While this is a signal that SAA may be ready to fly, the airline’s restart of services is still facing “complexities” due to COVID-19 as well as issues with pilots regarding disagreement over outstanding salaries and layoff terms. “As a draft or as a proposal we are looking at July-August 2021, however, these dates come with some complexities, the issue of the COVID-19 is something that we still need to consider … and there is a complex matter that we are dealing with of pilots as well,” said SAA’s Chief Executive Thomas Kgokolo during a parliamentary presentation committee. The state-owned carrier has not flown passenger flights since September…

Nigerian low-cost airline Green Africa Airways has announced the details of its new route network. The low-cost carrier – a brain child of a serial entrepreneur Babawande Afolabi – announced via its Twitter message new domestic destinations to Abuja (ABV), Akure (AKR), Enugu (ENU), Ilorin (ILR), Owerri (QOW) and Port Harcourt (PHC). These will be served with direct connections from the general aviation terminal at Lagos (LOS). “We are crafting a network plan that will afford more customers the opportunity to pursue their economic interest or simply spend more time with family & friends.” -Babawande Afolabi, Chief Executive Officer and Founder -Green Africa The start-up airline which is now in the advanced stages of acquiring its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) is yet to give any information of when it will launch its operations but it was expected to launch by the end of first quarter of 2021. Lagos-based Green Africa took delivery…

While the airline industry remains heavily impacted industry by COVID-19, some entrepreneurs are taking the crisis as an opportunity to embark on new ventures. Obike Air The latest big announcement has come from one Obike Air a new Nigerian start-up airline led by a visionary Ifeanyi Obike in his latest venture, with plans for the airline to be a global airline. Yes you heard that right. Well, according to Ifeanyi Obike, with information he shared through his LinkedIn, Obike Air’s peers are British Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, and Virgin Atlantic – which is quite ambitious for a start-up airline. The details are still limited as of now, but Obike Air is looking for investors and partners “from the private and public sectors from around the world to join this mission.” Mr. Ifeanyi Obike has also hinted on the new logo for the start-up airline as well as its new uniform.…

SE Aeronautics has announced the launch of what they refer to as the next generation of aircraft, a new widebody airliner concept that is 100% monocoque molded.  The new design will herald a new era of travel with an unprecedented level of efficiency, sustainability, safety, comfort and operating cost. According to SE aeronautics, Aircraft manufacturers have been using the same aircraft design for the past 60 years, with few exceptions.  “Our innovative technology and new aircraft design will lower fuel consumption by 70% and lower CO2 emissions by 80% as measured by per seat kilometer. The innovative design is a more efficient, light-tri wing configuration that greatly improves lift over drag, resulting in short take-off and landing (STOL) capabilities and extremely long flights. The construction is all composite, molded in one tough, safer piece. We also incorporated super thin, long wings and complete streamlining from the nose to the tail.…

Uganda Airlines has moved to establish full control of ground handling services at its hub, Entebbe international airport. The national airline has reportedly spent USD 5 Million on equipment in preparation for ground handling operations According to state owned media, a team led by the country’s minister of transport Katumba Wamala along with Airline representatives have told the parliament’s physical infrastructure committee that an additional sum of USD 13 Million will be required for the Airline’s full take-over of ground handling operations at the Entebbe hub The Uganda government views its ground-handling plans as both a cost cutting measure and another way for the airline to make money. It is expected that taking control of this key part of the airline’s value chain will help drive efficiencies in the Airline’s operations after a year in which global airlines made record losses due to the pandemic and an industry recovery still…

Azman Air will undergo training with the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in a bid to re-certify their Boeing 737 aircraft to fly again. This follows grounding orders put in place on March, 15th, after a series of safety incidents involving Azman Air’s 737 variants According to the Director General of NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu, the Azman Air management’s response [to the safety audit] has been “impressive” and Nigerians should expect a revamped airline to emerge from the safety troubles, adding that the grounding of operations of the airline was not a punitive measure but to guide it to operate successfully and in compliance with international standards. “Well, as a regulatory body, we take the issue of safety utmost. That is our number one priority including safe operation of our airlines, or any operator…when we reached a point that we were not happy, we called a Zoom meeting. I could…